UK-based architectural firm BDP has completed two civic projects in the Chinese city of Suzhou, which include Suzhou District Planning Exhibition Hall and Suzhou Tourist Centre.
The 8,000m² Suzhou Planning and Exhibition Hall is located within the Science and Technology Smart City.
BDP said the project, which was completed mid-2013, is a centrepiece within the technology park to showcase the past, present and future developments of Suzhou district.
The hall is located on the edge of a new central parkland area, with views of the surrounding landscape and hills.
The project features a 1,000m² model of the new district, 3D viewing gallery, interactive displays, conference facilities and multi-purpose exhibition halls.
Suzhou Wuzhong Economic Development District Construction Department will use the hall for its activities.
The Suzhou Tourist Centre was completed in May 2013. with an official opening ceremony due to take place before the end of 2013.
The project features banqueting, exhibition and conference space for up to 600 people, a centre for local design products and produce, three restaurants and a VIP club.
BDP said the project’s design was inspired by the large black dragonflies that are prevalent around the lakeside.
The architectural firm based its design on the flight of a dragonfly from the water to its landing on a water reed as if captured by motion photography.
Image: Suzhou Planning and Exhibition Hall. Photo: Courtesy of BDP.